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Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/21

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONMemphis 127, Washington 112Dallas 115, San Antonio 104NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEMinnesota 4, Vegas 3Edmonton 7, Ottawa 1Colorado 2, Arizona 1 (OT)Los Angeles 5, Anaheim 1Montreal 5, Vancouver 1Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img March 11, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/21last_img read more

Chancellor’s £3 billion new homes promise

first_imgThe Chancellor Philip Hammond and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, have announced a £3billion Home Building Fund to provide more homes, more quickly, in, they promise, the places people want to live. The announcement came following Philip Hammond’s key speech at the Conservative conference on Monday 3rd October.As part of the government’s action to tackle the housing deficit and ensure everyone has a secure place to live, the Communities Secretary and the Chancellor said that they are determined to take action and get more homes built.Chancellor Philip Hammond set out the plan to launch a £3 billion Home Building Fund to help to build more than 25,000 new homes during this Parliament and up to 200,000 in the longer term. Note that this isn’t a donation to building homes, the fund will provide loans for small and medium enterprise builders, custom builders, offsite construction and essential infrastructure.Sajid Javid said, “This Government is getting on with the job of building a country that works for everyone. We’ve made great progress fixing the broken housing market we inherited but now is the time to go further. We want to ensure everyone has a safe and secure place to live and that means we’ve got to build more homes. It is only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling to manage.”Homes and Communities Agency CEO Mark Hodgkinson said, “We’re determined to speed up delivery and promote new approaches to housebuilding. The new Home Building Fund offers the industry flexible development and infrastructure finance and we’re open for business right away.“From today, builders and investors just need to give us a call to start discussing funding for new homes. Our dedicated team will also provide expert ongoing support to new entrants to the sector and those companies proposing innovative solutions to speed up house building.”It all sounds very promising but will it happen? The Conservatives cite the previous Labour regime as the problem, stating that between June 2008 and June 2009 only 75,000 new homes were started, the lowest level of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s. (DCLG, House Building: September quarter 2013 England, 21 November 2013).Since 2010, when the Conservatives formed their coalition with the Liberal Democrats (how long ago does that seem?) the government says that by reforming the planning system and increasing investment in housing “we have turned around the housing market with over 700,000 net additional homes delivered between April 2010 and March 2015.” (DCLG, Net Supply of Housing, 12 November 2015)But, says the Government, there’s much more to do – and they are right. In the 20 years from 1969 to 1989 over 4.5 million homes were built in England. Between 1992 and 2012, fewer than 2.9 million were completed. There is a longstanding gap between housing supply and demand which has led to worsening affordability. In over 40 per cent of local authorities, median house prices are over 10 times median incomes.Mark Hodgkinson says that the £3 billion Home Building Fund will:provide £1 billion of short term loan funding – this will be used for small builders, custom builders, and innovators, delivering 25,000 homes in the short termit will also provide £2 billion of long term funding for infrastructure – this will be used to unlock a pipe line of up to 200,000 homes over the longer term – with the emphasis on developments on brownfield land.Let’s hope he is right!Home Building Fund Sajid David new homes October 5, 2016Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Chancellor’s £3 billion new homes promise previous nextLand & New HomesChancellor’s £3 billion new homes promiseHammond says he wants to ‘get Britain building’ againSheila Manchester5th October 20160903 Viewslast_img read more

TROPICANA EVANSVILLE ANNOUNCES 21st ANNUAL CHARITY TOURNAMENT

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare All proceeds benefit two area organizations, Salvation Army’s Toy Town and Santa Clothes Club. Tropicana Evansville has a 20-year history with both organizations and has donated more than 20,699 toys ($206,990 value) and $41,110 to assist them in their efforts over the years.Please join Tropicana Evansville’s Sponsorship & Donations Coordinator, Kim Henning, Salvation Army Captain, Scott Strissel and President of Santa Clothes Club, Doug Duell for the announcement of this year’s charity tournament community contribution results onTuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:30AM (CST) in Tropicana Evansville’s riverfront pavilion.About Tropicana EvansvilleTropicana Evansville is a casino, hotel and entertainment facility situated on the Ohio river in Evansville, Indiana that includes a 2,700 passenger riverboat casino, a 243 room hotel, a 96 room boutique hotel, an executive conference center, a 1,660 vehicle parking garage and Riverfront Pavilion housing pre-boarding facilities, retail shops, restaurants and lounge area. Since 1996, Tropicana Evansville has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season by hosting charity slot and blackjack tournaments in the month of December.  These tournaments are unique in that players’ entry fees are either a new toy valued at $10 or more, or $10 or more in cash.  The generosity of Tropicana Evansville’s players is exhibited through the many toys collected and money donated.  This year’s tournaments will be held Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4.last_img read more

Prosecutorial Candidate, Stan Levco Will Be Featured On Investigation Discovery

first_imgnews release from “Levco for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor” campaignProsecutorial Candidate, Stan Levco will be featured on Investigation Discovery for his role in the prosecution of Donald Ray Wallace, Jr.Investigation Discovery, “I.D.”, highlights riveting true crime cases.Wallace was in the process of burglarizing the home of Patrick and Theresa Gilligan when they arrived home following a shopping trip with their two young children Lisa and Greg.Wallace caused all four of the Gilligan’s to have their hands tied and murdered each of them execution style.Wallace was tried and convicted on four counts of murder and sentenced to death.Wallace’s death sentence was carried out on March 5, 2005.The segment on the Gilligan family and Donald Ray Wallace, Jr. is slated to air in the winter of 2019.Footnote; This article was posted by the City-County Observer without bias or editing. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A way with words

first_imgAs craft bakers, along with other independent retailers, you may be feeling the pinch. Cost-cutting is important and, at times like these, it seems an easy option to stop spending time or money on marketing and publicity. But this would be a mistake. Your customers, the consumers, are also feeling vulnerable and uncertain of what lies ahead, so now is the time to communicate with them through all means available. You must reassure them that they still get the best value for money and quality from their local craft baker.That is why National Craft Bakers’ Week (NCBW) comes at a perfect time. This new initiative provides an ideal opportunity to increase your publicity. The twin aims of NCBW are to keep your existing customers coming back for more and to get new customers through your door. You should use the point-of-sale material available and exploit the publicity being generated to launch your own initiatives. The campaign will generate much-needed publicity for craft bakers nationwide, by stressing their importance to the local community, which, let’s face it, is your target market.There is absolutely no doubt that effective communication with your market will help grow your business. You need to be telling people what you are doing because you cannot assume that they will take the trouble to find out for themselves – they won’t! Start trying some of the following techniques and see what works for you.One major advantage of being able to talk to your customers is that you can ask them if they saw the piece in the local paper, for example. Other methods are measurable because the respondent needs to bring in the voucher or flyer enabling you to determine a response rate. Once you have decided on your method of communi-cation (see panel), you then need to decide what to say and how to say it. There are two golden rules:== 1. Keep it simple ==All copywriting should be kept simple. The aim is for the customer to read and understand your proposition instantly. If they can’t, then the chances are they will move on. If they can, they will make an informed decision whether to take advantage of it or not. Whatever you are selling, simple language will always get the message over more effectively – however tempting it is to make it more flowery.== 2. Write for your market ==You have to put yourselves in your customers’ shoes when you write to them. In the case of craft bakers, your market is the general public, so you have to write in a way they will all understand. Think of how they view your products and why they buy them and write accordingly. Their view is very different from yours as a craft baker.Finally, make sure someone proofreads what you write. You should do your utmost never to print anything with mistakes or ambiguities in and it is very difficult to proofread your own work.With the ease of use of modern computers and printers, you could produce these sorts of ideas in-house. If you or someone in your organisation is good with words, then give it a go. Alternatively, involve a copywriter or marketing agency to get you started. Whatever you do, make sure you get involved in National Craft Bakers’ Week. The UK baking industry does not often get much positive publicity, so make the most of this opportunity.—-=== Copywrites and copywrongs ===Do1. Use short sentences and paragraphs. They are easier to read. People are less likely to trip over short sentences and lose their place. This is important because if they get confused by what is written, they probably won’t bother to work it out.2. Always sell benefits. What is the benefit to the reader? People buy when they understand how the item benefits them. It could be as simple as “our triple sandwich will keep you going until teatime”. Or there could be more technical, health-orientated or financial benefits.3. Use attention-grabbing words. There are plenty of words that encourage people to read on. Look at the high street around you or at adverts in magazines and newspapers. Free, now, sale, offer, trust, safe, today, you, new, discover, special, exclusive…..the list goes on!4. Include a call to action. This means that the reader should be clear what you want them to do, such as visit the shop! Look at the window sticker for the National Craft Bakers’ Week. The call to action is clear: “come on in and buy”.5. Use testimonials where relevant. These are genuine quotes from satisfied customers recommending your goods or service. Always attribute them. If you make them anonymous, people won’t believe them.Don’t1. Don’t assume knowledge on the part of your market that they may not have. If they don’t understand what you have written, then they will stop reading.2. Don’t use jargon. This is where you really have to put yourself in your customers’ shoes. They may well not understand about Chorleywood or proving or even morning goods. Keep it simple.3. Refrain from utilising polysyllabic syntax when a diminutive alternative will suffice. Or to put it another way, don’t use long words when short ones will do!4. Don’t use clichés. Generally people want to read things they have not read before. So avoid “at the end of the day, you’d have to go a long way for this once in a lifetime chance”.5. Don’t ask a question if the answer is either indifference or not what you want. So you would be safe with “Do you want to eat the tastiest doughnuts in town?” but possibly not with “Are you looking for vegetarian sausage rolls?” Most people won’t be.? David Grieve is a freelance copywriter, running Northern Prospect Copywriting, and has worked with the baking industry for more than 20 [email protected]—-=== Methods of communicating ===In the craft retail environment, you have an instant opportunity to communicate with your customers through your friendly and knowledgeable shop staff. This should never be undervalued. But what else can you do? For a start, learn from those around you. Have a good look at your local supermarket, because there are a lot of ideas in there you could adapt.l Point of sale: everything in your display must have a name and a price. Any special offers should be highlighted on posters or display cards on the counter. Even if the customer doesn’t take advantage of the offer, at least they know that you run promotions. Use the National Craft Bakers’ Week point-of-sale material. It is bright and colourful and the public will recognise it as the publicity kicks in.l Flyers/vouchers: offer your customers something to encourage repeat purchases. This could simply be an offer leaflet handed over to each customer making a purchase to use on their next visit. It could also promote a new line or range.l Direct mail: you could target households in your geographic area with a special offer sheet. You might not like receiving direct mail, but the fact you still get it proves that it works!l Local media: if you have a newsworthy event, then let everyone know about it, either by a paid advertisement or by submitting a press release to gain free publicity.l Newsletters: produce a regular newsletter giving customers information about what you are doing and new services and products you are offering. You could also add value by giving information such as basic tricks of the trade or recipe ideas.last_img read more

Press release: UK to provide extra £12 million in UK aid for survivors of Cyclone Idai

first_img making sure families have access to clean water to drink and wash, which will also help to stop the spread of deadly diseases providing food and food vouchers to those affected ensuring that those that have been left homeless are able to access safe shelter. Speaking from Maputo, Head of DFID Mozambique Cate Turton said: There are images and videos of UK aid arriving in Maputo yesterday (20 March) available here. We only released this footage this afternoon. Please credit “Department for International Development” if used. For bids or interview requests, please call the DFID Press Office on 0207 023 0600.The UK is to provide an extra £12 million of support, including food, water and shelter, to the survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced the new funding today (Wednesday) – taking the UK’s additional support for victims of the cyclone to £18 million.Yesterday, over 7,500 emergency shelter kits and 100 family tents, all funded by UK aid, arrived in Mozambique for onward distribution to families who have had to flee their homes.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: The UK is to provide an extra £12 million of support, including food, water and shelter for the survivors of Cyclone Idai. Yesterday, over 7,500 emergency shelter kits and 100 family tents, all funded by UK aid, arrived in Mozambique for onward distribution to families who have had to flee their homes. Today’s package takes the UK’s total support to help the victims of the cyclone to £18 million. Notes to editors Today’s announcement of £12 million of UK aid in addition to Monday’s (18 March) announcement of £6 million, taking the UK’s total support to the crisis to £18 million. In addition to this week’s new support, DFID already provides core funding to international aid organisations on the ground, including UN agencies and the Red Cross movement, which are providing emergency humanitarian relief as part of the international response in the region. In Zimbabwe, UK aid has ensured health, medical and nutrition supplies were in place before the cyclone struck and have reached affected communities in Chimanimani. The UK also prepositioned vital relief items in Mozambique to support the response to a humanitarian emergency, including: hygiene kits, hardware items to help repair homes, water purifiers and solar lamps. DFID is also the biggest donor to the START Fund, which has allocated £400,000, to enable NGOs Trocaire and HelpAge International to meet immediate needs such as clean water and shelter in Malawi. UK aid is also supporting the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed 130,000 people for two weeks in Mozambique by distributing emergency food and food vouchers for people to use at local markets. In Malawi, existing UK support will help the WFP provide cash transfers so that 140,000 people can feed themselves until the end of March. Telephone 020 7023 0600 This is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters that this region has ever faced, and we’re doing all that we can to get aid to those desperately in need. Our absolutely priority at the moment is to get food, water and other critical supplies to affected communities, many of which are cut off because of damage to roads and infrastructure. UK aid will be used to help meet immediate needs on the ground across the countries affected, including: I’ve been extremely moved by the images I’ve seen of this devastating cyclone which has caused misery for millions of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. This is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the region, and our thoughts remain firmly with the victims of this cyclone. Today’s UK aid package is a sign of the UK’s commitment to do all we can to make sure those in desperate need of humanitarian relief have access to life-saving essentials, including food, water and shelter. The UK was one of the first countries to respond to this disaster. We are keeping the situation under close review. Email [email protected] General media queries (24 hours) If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.last_img read more

Oscar Handlin

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March 6, 2012, the following Minute was placed upon the records.Oscar Handlin, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, was the most influential and creative historian of American social life in the second half of the twentieth century.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, steeped in the lore and learning of Jewish culture, he developed in his youngest years a passion for learning—learning, as he wrote again and again, for its own sake, simply to know and understand the world and its people.  It was that passion that led him into and out of a Yeshiva in Brooklyn, through his studies at Brooklyn College, through years of encyclopedic reading in the Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries, and that led him finally to Harvard, which he considered the national citadel of learning.He entered the Harvard graduate school in 1934, at age 18, and after receiving his doctorate under the direction of Professor Arthur Schlesinger, Sr., in 1940, except for two years of teaching in Brooklyn, he taught at Harvard until his retirement.  It is an indication of the early recognition of his talents that his first appointment at Harvard (1945) was as Instructor, then Assistant Professor in Social Science, approved by the History, Psychology, and Sociology Departments.  By then the publication in 1941 of his dissertation on Boston’s immigrants, 1790-1865, had begun a stream of writings—at least forty books written or edited and innumerable articles and reviews—that lasted for over four decades.  His Commonwealth: a Study of the Role of Government in the American Economy: Massachusetts 1774-1816 (1947), written with his wife Mary F. Handlin, is a master work of technical scholarship that revealed, at a time when much of the economy was organized at a local level and democratic impulses had made widely accessible the instruments of state action, the forceful role of government that federalism had misled many to think did not exist.  Four years later his lyric, evocative The Uprooted (1951)—with its famous opening “Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America.  Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history”—won the Pulitzer Prize and carried readers, as no work of history had done before, into the interior, emotional world of immigrant experiences.  It stimulated a generation’s interest in the passages of uprooted people through the tortuous strains of resettlement and assimilation.It was his love of learning for its own sake, and of Harvard as the embodiment of it, that made the assault on the University in 1969 and 1970 such a bitter experience for him.  He could understand why students might try to turn the University into a political instrument.  They were ignorant.  And he could understand why political activists unaffiliated with Harvard might do so.  But he could never understand why some of his own colleagues, committed as he was to impartial scholarship and to the integrity of the University, would do so.  It was a savage blow to everything he believed in, and he never fully recovered from it.He was unique in his understanding and explanation of history.  It was not for him an assemblage of information but a form of intellection, a cognitive process, which he expressed year after year in his books and articles and in the classroom.  His lectures were unique.  They contained little descriptive information.  They were analyses of the structures of events and developments and the configurations they formed that explained how things came to be the way they were.  The lectures were dense, the logic tight, and they were difficult for many to grasp.  Yet they were popular—at one point too popular for him.  When attendance in his American Social History class topped 400, he dropped it.  “I did not believe,” he wrote “that an earnest desire for that kind of knowledge really moved that many undergraduates; and I feared that these lectures had become one of those experiences into which people drifted out of habit or reputation.  Therefore I chose subjects which on the face of it were not likely to draw crowds . . . and I offered my courses at an hour that required students either to postpone or skip their lunch.”He was unique too in his sheer competence.  His services to the University were extraordinary. While lecturing to undergraduates, he directed the graduate work of 80 doctoral candidates, whom he drove on, inspired, and protected, contacting socially many in other fields than his own for whom he had no formal responsibility; they all felt that he cared about their interests and would do what he could for their emerging careers.  An excellent administrator, he was a dominant force in the affairs of the History Department, served as the Harvard University Librarian (1979-1984), and began the Library’s modernization.  In a crisis he took over the Directorship of the Harvard University Press (1972).  He founded and directed the Warren Center for Studies in American History as well as his own Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America. And he was equally active outside the University.  He was a co-founder of a new television station and became a TV commentator.  He served as Fulbright Commissioner, as an Overseer of Brandeis University, a Trustee of the New York Public Library, and he testified in Congress, with great effect, for the reform of American immigration policy.In his last years, with the assistance of his devoted second wife, the historian Lilian Bombach, with whom he wrote the four-volume conclusion to his study of the history of liberty in America as well as several other books, he continued his daily visits to his Widener study.  He died in September 2011, aged 95, having lived a life of true learning, devoted to its transmission to generations of students and to the public at large.Respectfully submitted,Robert DarntonRichard PipesStephan ThernstromBernard Bailyn, Chairlast_img read more

Film highlights families

first_imgThe documentary “Project Hopeful” first premiered at the 23rd Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival in January 2012. In just 10 months, the film has been accepted to more than 15 national and international festivals, earning “Best Picture” at the RE:IMAGE Film Festival 2012 and second place at the LA New Wave International Film Festival 2012, among other honors. 2012 graduates Kelsie Kiley and Grace Johnson created the film, which follows three families from Joliet, Il.: the Twietmeyers, Heims and Allens, who have doubled the size of their families by adopting orphans with HIV/AIDS. The families then created Project Hopeful, a non-profit organization trying to provide homes and support for children with HIV/AIDS. “The premise of our story is just to give you a glimpse into their everyday lives and how manageable these diseases are,” Kiley said. The documentary was a project for professor Ted Mandell’s documentary production class, Kiley said. “Grace and I both knew that we wanted to create a social change documentary, so we began searching for positive human interest stories that might fit what we were looking to create,” she said. When the two found out about Project Hopeful, Kiley said they knew this was a message they wanted to spread. “We have helped to get so much press and recognition for this non-profit, and that has become the greatest accomplishment,” she said. “This reflects our greatest goal, which is to find more homes and families for more children and to spread awareness about how manageable it is to live with HIV/AIDS. Spreading this message has been such a blessing for us, and hearing how many people it has affected is more than we could have ever imagined.” Johnson said the idea of the documentary was to let these families’ stories shine through without manipulating them in any way. “We aimed to let the stories of the families speak for themselves,” Johnson said. “That is why we are so proud of this project because it feels real and a truly unobstructed account of their lives.” Kiley said she and Johnson didn’t have to do much to show how special these families truly are. “We didn’t want anyone to feel like we were trying to make these people seem inspirational,” she said. “They do all of that on their own.” Kiley and Johnson received the Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, a grant through the Film, Television and Theatre Department, to fund “Project Hopeful,” Kiley said. “We truly couldn’t have made this film or had it seen on such a grandiose level, if it wasn’t for the FTT Department,” Kiley said. Because the grant enabled them to use professional equipment, Kiley said she and Johnson realized the potential the film had for reaching wide audiences. “After the first day of shooting, I think we realized how much good this film could do,” she said. “We had the power to use professional equipment to make a film that could be seen across the country, spreading news about these inspirational families and their incredible work. Our hope was that we could create something that would be meaningful, but not manipulating.” Even though Kiley has a job at Lionsgate Films and Jax Media and Johnson works at Bravo, Kiley said they plan to make a sequel to “Project Hopeful.” “We are currently in pre-production for a follow-up documentary. Our working title right now is ‘Adopted: The Project Hopeful Story,’ where we will be following the Twietmeyers and the Heims as they both travel to Ukraine this fall and winter to adopt more children for their already amazing families,” she said. Johnson said she would like to see more Notre Dame film students help out with the sequel. “Whether a joint venture between current documentary students at Notre Dame or another solo project, we’re hoping to receive assistance or funding in capturing more moments with these families as they continue to build their families and assist children in need,” Johnson said. To learn more about “Project Hopeful,” visit www.projecthopefulmovie.comlast_img read more

Fireplaces Demand Safety

first_img* Many fire departments now offer first aid classes for people in their communities. At least onemember of the family should be familiar with first aid procedures. * Burning evergreens in the fireplace can be dangerous. When dry, evergreens burn like tinder.Their flames can flare out of control, sending sparks flying around the room. Be sure the flue is open. Use a screen to enclose the front of your fireplace to confine live embersand sparks to the fire box. “Used correctly, your fireplace is a source of warmth and cozy atmosphere,” says Dale Dorman,a housing specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “But be sure to follow therules to avoid fire risks.” Prepare for emergencies. Dorman recommends certain safety rules: * Keep the fire department, police, ambulance, doctor and other emergency numbers posted onor near your telephone. A fireplace can be warm and wonderful. But the evening news is sprinkled with stories of tragicfires that rob families of possessions, homes and even loved ones.center_img Use care with “fire salts” that produce colored flames when thrown on a wood fire. They containheavy metals, and can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting if eaten. Keep themaway from children and pets. * Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in your home. See that eachfamily member knows at least two escape routes.* Don’t wear loose, flowing clothes, especially long, open sleeves, near the open flames of afireplace, stove or candle-lit table. * Keep matches, lighters and candles out of the reach of children. * Keep a UL-listed multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home. Know where it is and how touse it. * Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminatepotential danger spots near candles, fireplaces and electrical connections.last_img read more

Homemade Gifts

first_imgMany people are turning toward home canning as a way to show their loved ones how much they care during the holidays. While gifts from one’s own kitchen can mean a lot, it’s essential that the canner use the proper techniques so that everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. “A common mistake that people make is trusting their friends (or) past family experiences more than science-based recommendations for home canning,” said Elizabeth Andress, Extension food safety specialist with the University of Georgia and director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation. “People also want to be creative and guess at the correct processing for their own recipes, while not understanding all the factors that contribute to the correct processing time and temperature.” By following the instructions and taking the right precautions, canners can avoid giving their friends and family members spoiled food or food poisoning for the holidays. Under-processing of canned goods, like meats and vegetables, may lead to the bacteria being inside of the food without the food showing signs of spoilage. It is important to use up-to-date canning instructions from dependable experts, like the National Center for Home Food Preservation or UGA Extension. Canning knowledge and equipment have changed since canning foods at home began generations ago and hand-me-down recipes could be potentially dangerous. “Giving home-preserved gifts adds a personal touch, but you do take on the added responsibility of vouching for the safety of the foods you give,” Andress said. “As tempting as it may be to impress your recipients with a brand new, never-before-tasted canned creation, the first measure of safety is to use tested recommendations from reliable sources.” Instead of experimenting with recipes, package time-tested, home-preserved gifts in creative ways. Be sure to use the correct jars. Some jars are intended for non-canning purposes, like crafts, and are not designed to withstand the heat or temperature changes of the canning process. When labeling jars, it is essential to let gift recipients know exactly what they are getting. Remember to include the date of creation of the goodies as well as a “use by” date. For most canned foods, a year offers the best quality for the food. If the jar allows it, try to include the ingredients of what is inside the jar; this is especially helpful for those with food allergies. Lastly, include instructions so recipients know how to properly store the home-canned foods. If you have a friend or family member who likes to preserve food at home, there are several great gifts that will make their canning experience easier and more enjoyable. “A new apron and a set of kitchen towels make great gifts. These may seem ordinary to some people, but will be appreciated by a person who enjoys food preparation,” Andress said. “Taking time this holiday season to select the perfect gift for the home food preserver will provide additional joy once food preservation season rolls around again.”For more information about canning, UGA’s “So Easy to Preserve” book offers many options for your home-canned jams, butters and other tasty treats. The book can be ordered at setp.uga.edu.last_img read more